Basil Smikle Jr. President and Founder, is a political consultant and policy analyst whose commentary is featured in local and national media outlets. In addition to running his consulting firm, Basil is working toward his PhD at Teacher’s College, Columbia University concentrating in Education and Politics. He holds appointments as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and City University of New York’s Murphy Institute for Professional Studies.
Recognized as a staunch advocate for public service and education equality, he is quickly becoming part of the next generation of thinkers and policy advocates. In 2010, Basil was featured in the L.A. Times as “Harlem’s New Political Elite”. City Hall Magazine named him one of 50 rising stars in New York Politics.
Before starting his own company, Basil was a top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her first campaign for the Senate later becoming her Deputy State Director on the Senate staff. Mrs. Clinton called Basil a “key advisor and tremendous public servant…who makes sure all voices are heard”. Ron Kirk, the former Mayor of Dallas and President Obama’s current US Trade Representative, noted that Basil can “negotiate the politics of any community and knows how to marry it with sound public policy”.
During a brief run for New York State Senate, his campaign gained national attention for his reforms in education and government. An early profile in the Wall Street Journal led to a feature in a New York Magazine cover story on the next generation of African American leaders. The New York Daily News endorsed Basil, calling him a “fresh thinking…school reformer”. The New York Post “enthusiastically” endorsed saying “New York needs such vibrant leadership”.
Since beginning his own firm 8 years ago, he has worked with diverse clients such as, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Senator Joe Lieberman and New York City School Chancellor Joel Klein.
Basil graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. In 1996, he received a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. While there, he was awarded the Columbia University Departmental Fellowship and the Public Affairs Fellowship.
Basil spends a lot of time mentoring young people in schools across this City to promote public service and education. He reads to kids and participates at Career Day and mentoring events across New York City. Inspired by his mother, a long-time public school special education teacher, Basil created a literacy program at PS 107 in Flushing Queens, where 5th graders are encouraged to read, write and expand their vocabulary. He also worked with community service organization 100 Black Men to start the Eagle Academy in the Bronx and gives his time mentoring young men and women in schools throughout Harlem.